Participants

These are the 25 participants of the Social Innovation and Management Programme 2016. They come from 11 countries of Central and South Eastern Europa and represent NGOs that are very heterogenous in their size and organisation structures. Similar as in the previous years, their organisations are working in different fields like youth empowerment, poverty, community work, culture, education and advocacy.

Social Innovation and Management Programme 2016

  • Irina Adascalitei
    HR & Organizational development manager at Concordia, Romania
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    Irina Adascalitei

    HR & Organizational development manager at Concordia, Romania

    As an internationally active, independent aid organization, CONCORDIA sees its core task in providing support to children, adolescents, old people and families in distress, through quick and direct assistance, with a sustainable effect. CONCORDIA Social Projects is a combination of a non-profit foundation headquartered in Vienna and four, likewise non-profit, sister organizations in Romania, Bulgaria, Republic of Moldova and Austria. CONCORDIA Humanitarian Organization in Romania has the mission to support the social, family, school and professional (re)integration of disadvantaged children, youngsters and families, towards a more independent and autonomous life.
  • Elana Andrews
    Coordinator at Superar Romania
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    Elana Andrews

    Coordinator at Superar Romania

    Superar is a high quality musical program for young people. The program is free for participants and offers courses in choirs and orchestras. Superar is an offer to young people who for various reasons have little or no access to cultural education. Superar was founded in 2009 by Vienna‘s renowned institutions the Wiener Sängerknaben, the Caritas of the Archdiocese of Vienna and the Wiener Konzerthaus. Today in Austria already 1,200 children and young people are part of Superar. At the Superar locations in Romania, Bosnia, Slovakia, Switzerland and Liechtenstein another 900 children take part.
  • Valentin Mugur Ciobanu
    Executive director at Friendship Association
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    Valentin Mugur Ciobanu

    Executive director at Friendship Association

    "Prietenia" Association was established in 1996 in Bucharest as a non‐governmental organization with the mission of social integration of children and adults with mental disabilities associated with other disabilities and who could not be included in the system of education and work in Romania. The Centre of Social Therapy Pantelimon (for 27 adults) was built between 2003‐2007 to create for a perspective of life and work for those people. The long‐term vision and strategy is to create a stable environment based on sustainable development, in which 50 adults with mental and associated disabilities can be integrated and live according to the model „maximal independence with minimal assistance." Investment of around one million Euro was made through a project financed by the German Government, and two NGOs from Germany and sponsors from Romania.
  • Daška Domljan
    Programe developer at Stiftung Wissen am Werk
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    Daška Domljan

    Programe developer at Stiftung Wissen am Werk

    The Foundation Zaklada Znanje na djelu/Stiftung Wissen am Werk focuses on linking the economic and educational sectors. The Foundation runs a couple of programs aimed mostly at elementary and high-school pupils with the goal to enrich the education process with real-life business experience. Our main program is a program called 'Exploring Worlds of Work – See how it works!’ that provides high school pupils with the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of specific workplaces and professions.Our new project "Exploring Worlds Of Science And Innovation" engages pupils in practically exploring natural phenomena and mathematical or technical questions of relevance to daily life. During the program pupils get a chance to learn while working on real scientific projects under the supervision of professional scientists and to see how science is integrated into business and industry.
  • Heidemarie Egger
    Project Manager at DisAbility Performance
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    Heidemarie Egger

    Project Manager at DisAbility Performance

    DisAbility Performance is an innovative social enterprise consultancy that helps companies to utilize the potential of people with disabilities as customers and employees. The DisAbility Talent Program aims to support students with disabilities to gain knowledge and get connected with companies as a starting point for their future careers.
  • Elvira Hadžibegović Bubanja
    Executive director at Forum Youth and Nonformal Education
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    Elvira Hadžibegović Bubanja

    Executive director at Forum Youth and Nonformal Education

    Forum MNE has been active in Montenegro since 2002. It first started out as PRONI Institute for Social Education, then as Forum Syd, and ever since March 2007, it has been Forum MNE. On 28th of March 2007, by the decision of the founding board of Forum MNE and Forum Syd from Sweden, Forum MNE grew from an international project into a national based organization. Forum MNE initiates local strategies for the development of communities, through non-formal education and community youth work. FORUM MNE VISION A peaceful and just society with young active citizens contributing to its development. FORUM MNE MISSION Forum MNE is an organization which develops its vision by supporting the development of young people into conscious, responsible and active individuals and citizens capable of recognizing, seeking and realizing their rights, while contributing the development of a just and peaceful society.
  • Gabrijela Ivanov
    Executive director at Expanse of Gender and Media Culture "Common Zone"
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    Gabrijela Ivanov

    Executive director at Expanse of Gender and Media Culture "Common Zone"

    Expansion of Gender and Media Culture "Common Zone" was established in 2005. The mission of the VoxFeminae.net independent media (since 2006.), Vox Feminae Festival (since 2007.), video production (3 documentaries and 42 short videos) and other projects is to increase the visibility and influence of women and all the other gender aware individuals and groups who, through their work, contribute to the creation of a society of gender equality and by their own example encourage socially responsible action. Our organisation's strategic goals deal with broad aspects of gender equality, includes professional media and cultural production, youth engagement, advocacy for our primary target groups (women, youth, lgbtiq persons) and development of social entrepreneurship projects.
  • Urška Jež
    Business director at City of Women - Association for the promotion of women in culture
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    Urška Jež

    Business director at City of Women - Association for the promotion of women in culture

    The Association for the Promotion of Women in Culture – City of Women was founded in 1996 in Ljubljana. Its main goal is to organise affirmative actions to draw the attention on the disproportionate participation and representation of women in the arts and culture. Its largest event is the annual International Festival of Contemporary Arts – City of Women. We also organise and produce various events throughout the year, both at home and abroad.The Association is governed by a board of an independent council of renowned individuals from different areas of Slovenian cultural life, art and science, which aims to foster the discussion on the issues of gender inequalities and the promotion of gender equality. The programme is curated and co-ordinated by a permanent team of 2-3, whilst the festival team is composed of up to 20 contracted project coworkers and volunteers.
  • Melinda Kassai
    Founding member & President of Pro-Cserehat Association
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    Melinda Kassai

    Founding member & President of Pro-Cserehat Association

    The Pro-Cserehat Association was founded in 2009 in Hungary. The aim of our organization is to develop, start and maintain complex regional development programs. The core concept of our methodology is to find complex solutions to a series of interrelated problems by providing employment, enabling healthy lifestyles and protecting the environment. We aim to include all stakeholders in our programs, both in the planning and the implementation process. Our Pro Ratatouille program has been providing solutions to unemployment, poverty and malnutrition by developing organic agricultural programs for village communities with an integrated methodology since 2012.
  • Hajnalka Kerezsi
    Project Manager at Caritas Alba Iulia
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    Hajnalka Kerezsi

    Project Manager at Caritas Alba Iulia

    Caritas Alba Iulia in Romania is an NGO of public utility, founded by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Alba Iulia. Our organization is one important pioneer for the development of professional social services in Romania as well as one of the main providers in the Transylvanian region of the country. Caritas Alba Iulia is member of Caritas Confederation Romania. Caritas Confederation Romania is member of Caritas Europa (Bruxelles) and Caritas Internationalis (Rome). In 2004 Caritas Alba Iulia gained the status of NGO of public utility, a distinction given to it by the government of Romania. The organization has complex projects in the field of social assistance in 6 counties of Romania.
  • Marina Kurilj
    Programe Manager at Association "Halfway there"
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    Marina Kurilj

    Programe Manager at Association "Halfway there"

    Association "Halfway there" is nongovernmental, nonprofit organisation which provides different type of services and activities for people with intellectual disabilities, in Serbia. The main goal is to improve the quality of life for this population. Association provides services such as Supported housing, Help in the house, therapeutic services, sports activities, Drama club, support for employment, work occupation activities in Work Center, and other activities that provides its clients fully integration in society. In 2011. Association won ERSTE foundation prices for program Small house community-supporting housing.In 2014. Association was one of the first organization which get license to provide social services. In 2015. Association got opportunity to represent organization of Serbian civil society in Western Balkan summit in Vienna. In 2015. Association started to provide therapeutic services for youngster with disabilities (sensory room, psychomotor reeducation, treatments with neurofeedback,) with goal to provide early intervention which was very needed in these areas.
  • David Landsperský
    Director & Financial Manager at JURTA
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    David Landsperský

    Director & Financial Manager at JURTA

    We in JURTA identify handicapped people living mostly in state run asylums and assist them with their transition into society. This process may take years, and getting a meaningful job is one of the cornerstones of success. We focus on job training, job coaching, supported employment and assisted living. Besides, we run business oriented social enterprise and open training opportunities in various workshops, e.g. laundry, wood fired pottery, wood processing, joinery, farming and tourism. JURTA is based in and old farm homestead also hosting nature kindergarten and primary school.
  • Edina Malkić
    Director of International Association "Interactive Open Schools" (MIOS)
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    Edina Malkić

    Director of International Association "Interactive Open Schools" (MIOS)

    MIOS is promoting and developing concept of community schools as holistic approach to the schools development. We work with school on several levels and insist in involving all stakeholders important for quality learning and student’s development. Our main activities are trainings, consultancy and networking. We have developed certain training programs (for management, teachers, parents, and students) and consultancy procedures in order to ensure the development with the aim to increase the student’s participation and quality learning.We work with preschool, elementary and secondary level of education in BiH. Our approach is well balanced theory and practice and we insist on practical aspect of our support in classroom or school. MIOS is member of international family of community school supporter. We believe that schools should be able to respond to students needs and make them ready for fast changing environment.
  • Alexandra Mihaela Marchiş
    Coordinator at Caritas Satu Mare
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    Alexandra Mihaela Marchiş

    Coordinator at Caritas Satu Mare

    Caritas Satu Mare was founded 1990. In the beginning the organization focused on the distribution of humanitarian aid delivered to Romania from Western European countries. Caritas Satu Mare soon started to develop its own social programs and institutions aimed to achieve more sustainable solutions to social problems.In 2004, Caritas Satu Mare started to develop a new strategy for its work with Roma communities. Instead of running many centers, especially kindergartens, a small number of centers should be developed to offer complex and professional services for the children, young people and their families. Besides the educational programs, new additional programs have been developed.
  • Šimo Maršić
    Director of Youth Center John Paul II
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    Šimo Maršić

    Director of Youth Center John Paul II

    Youth Center "John Paul II" was established in 2007 as a place of meetings, education and spiritual growth of catholic youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Throughout the years, the Center realized an impressive number of projects, activities and initiatives which earned it a reputation of a relevant institution both within Catholic Church in BIH and the NGO sector in the country and internationally. The activities aim to support young people in different domains of their life, and especially target vulnerable youth groups, such as children without parental care, children and youth from economically challenged families, young people from remote and isolated rural areas etc. It also contributes to the peacebuilding process in BIH with ecumenical and interreligious projects. Each year, around 5000 young people participate in the activities of the Center. The Center promotes volunteering, Christian values and prevention of risky behavior among children and youth.
  • Ion Neculai
    Founder & Managing Partner at Eematico research
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    Ion Neculai

    Founder & Managing Partner at Eematico research

    Eematico is an organization that creates and develops educational programs meant to develop the necessary skills for life in the XXI century. We believe that play is the main learning mechanism in nature and making is its most advanced form. Our team is made out of architects, psychologists, engineers, philologists, designers, marketers and communication people. We are Adina, Andreea, Bogdan, Caro, Cristina, Ioana B., Ioana I., Ioana M., Ion, Luiza, Mihaela, Nicu, Vasi. For more than 4 years they have been focusing their passion, ideas and knowledge to create and develop the materials and activities that define eematico. Their work has been acknowledged and appreciated by children, parents, teachers and Foundations such as ERSTE Foundation, Ashoka, LEGO.
  • Ruxandra Mihaela Oprică
    Executive director of Community Aid Network
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    Ruxandra Mihaela Oprică

    Executive director of Community Aid Network

    Community Aid Network (CAN) is a network for supporting NGOS and NPOs in Brasov county which are involved in health and social welfare projects, education, volunteering and community development. CAN makes interaction easier, exchanges information, good practices and experience between the charities involved in social projects. Starting with, „Multimedia for Livelihoods” youth program offers resources and instruments for people from Săcele. They can improve their practical and social abilities, through methods such as multimedia training, mentorship and professional orientation.
  • Natalija Ostojic
    Regional Capacity Building Coordinator at Balkan Investigative Reporting Regional Network - BIRN
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    Natalija Ostojic

    Regional Capacity Building Coordinator at Balkan Investigative Reporting Regional Network - BIRN

    BIRN is a network of local non-governmental organisations, promoting freedom of speech, human rights and democratic values. It emerged from the Balkan programme of the Institute of War & Peace Reporting in London, with the first organisation under BIRN name being registered in 2004. By 2006, BIRN had developed a specific network structure that included local independent organisations, gathered around an umbrella organisation - BIRN Hub, a structure that had the advantage of combining local, country-based expertise with unique regional cooperation.
  • Dijana Pejić
    Executive director of Genesis Project
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    Dijana Pejić

    Executive director of Genesis Project

    "The Genesis Project" is a non-governmental, non-profit humanitarian organization, set up in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in June 1996, with the main goals to educate children and adults about the tolerance, coexistence, child safety, violence prevention and injuries prevention. The Genesis Project is working in the field of conflict prevention and peacebuilding, also promoting the environmental protection, gender equality and healthy life styles.Our Mission is to, through our professionals and dedicated individuals, help children and adolescents throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina in fulfilling their rights to have free and correct psychophysical development regardless of their religious, ethnic and racial belonging whilst respecting their individual differences and potentials. Our Vision is Bosnia and Herzegovina as a free and open society which will enable every individual to develop and assert to the fullest capacity and to develop as a happy, conscious and free person capable of thinking critically and to act creatively."
  • Vera Pfaff
    Producer & Project Manager at Domino
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    Vera Pfaff

    Producer & Project Manager at Domino

    Domino is a non-governmental, non-profit organization based in Zagreb, Croatia, that has as its mission the questioning of the traditional and the transformation of oppressive norms in transitional societies through culture, media, public policies, education and collaboration with local and international organizations. The vision of Domino is that in the society there is a continuous recognition of norms that disables the freedom of art and, more specifically, queer expression, which in its nature is subversive yet peaceful.
  • Dragana Radošević
    Financial Project Manager at Novi Sad School of Journalism
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    Dragana Radošević

    Financial Project Manager at Novi Sad School of Journalism

    Novi Sad School of Journalism (NSSJ) is a civil society organization that is dedicated to the development and professionalization of the media scene in Serbia and the region, which respects the values of truth, knowledge and critical approaches in a multilingual, multicultural and multinational environment and fosters a moderate and tolerant dialogue. The Novi Sad School of Journalism exists from 1996, but is founded as a civil society organization in 1998.Project activities of the organization are focused on: increasing the professional capacities in the media sector; monitoring and analysis of media content; education of the various target groups about media literacy and advocacy that will contribute to the democratization and development of civil society and the promotion of European values. For all of these activities NSSJ offers knowledge and skills that promote the communication, which exclude ethnic, religious, sexual, or racial discrimination.
  • Zsolt Rieder
    Head of Operations at WWF Hungary Foundation
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    Zsolt Rieder

    Head of Operations at WWF Hungary Foundation

    WWF Hungary is part of WWF International, aka World Wide Fund for Nature. Our conservation work extends to the protection of wetlands and natural forests, close-to-nature forest management, the sustainable agriculture and rural development, and also the preservation of protected and endangered habitats and species such as lynx and wolf. Special attention is paid to reducing the impacts of climate change and spreading the word of environmental awareness.Our flagship projects include the restoration works of the Liberty Island of the Danube (5 year programme to clean a side branch of the island near Mohács, gained back the sand and gravel essential to fish spawning), the Tiszatarján habitat rehabilitation (replacing aggressively spreading, invasive plants with native plants, which provide a sustainalble living for the local community as well). In over 25 years, we successfully implemented more than 100 projects in Hungary.WWF Hungary is part of WWF Danube Carpathian Programme Office, with Headquarters in Vienna, covering Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia and Ukraine.
  • Ana Stakaj
    Project Manager at Mary Ward Loreto (MWL)
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    Ana Stakaj

    Project Manager at Mary Ward Loreto (MWL)

    Mary Ward Loreto Foundation is a non-profit organization providing development programs for vulnerable communities in Albania. The focus of all of the work of Mary Ward Loreto is related to the work against human trafficking. The organization forms partnerships and networks, working with 8 main groups; women in rural and informal regions of Albania, direct action with victims of trafficking, raising awareness with those who are vulnerable to being trafficked, children from the ethnic minority in Albania called Roma, vulnerable Albanian youth, men in poverty and a group working for systemic change in the field of education in Albania. MWL supports and donates funds towards the pastoral support of the prison chaplain in the Tirana/Durres diocese which serves 9 prisons in this area.
  • Lejla Strika
    Head of Project Development Department at Institute for Youth Development KULT
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    Lejla Strika

    Head of Project Development Department at Institute for Youth Development KULT

    The mission of the Institute for Youth Development KULT (established in 2002) is to create and advocate for legal and other strategic solutions, as well as to build and strengthen the capacities of associations and governmental authorities in BiH and the region, for a successful and sustainable youth policy. Our vision is an open society with the empowered citizens who participate in all decision-making processes in public life.
  • Arjel Trajani
    Executive director of SHKEJ - National Association of Education for Life
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    Arjel Trajani

    Executive director of SHKEJ - National Association of Education for Life

    SHKEJ is an Albanian non-profit association founded on February 18th 2003 from a group of youth, inspired to be near the people in need, operates as an Albanian Non Profit Association in the field of promoting the Human Rights and the Social Integration of Human Beings in the spirit of the International Conventions and National Legislation. SHKEJ, in order to fulfil the vision that “every human being is well prepared to face life challenges and achieve a balance in everything they do”, takes action towards societies and vulnerable groups promoting rights, facilitating social integration, and taking part in developing their future. It offers different services, building capacities by making educative activities and advocacy in community basis. Whom We Serve?
    • Street children; Children that never went to school, have or may abandon school;
    • Children and youngsters that come from families with huge economic and social problems;
    • Girls and women that live in the suburbs of Tirana;
    • Families of Roma and Egyptian Community; Disadvantaged and marginalized communities